• View from Sourdough Mountain Overlook  A view looking down onto Diablo Lake. Photo Credit: NPS/Michael Silverman, 2010.

    North Cascades

    National Park Washington

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  • Diablo Lake To Be Drawn Down Three Feet in Early Oct., Trailer-Launched Boats Affected

    Diablo Lake will be drawn down 3 vertical feet for facility repairs from October 1-15. During the drawdown, boats with trailers will not be able to launch or take boats off the water. Hand-launched vessels will still be able to launch. More »

  • Cascade River Road will be open as normal through fall/winter 2014

    Cascade River Rd. will be open in 2014 until snow conditions make it impassable to vehicles, as normal. The road closure that was planned to begin September 8 has been postponed beyond 2014 due to unforeseen circumstances. More »

  • Lone Mountain Fire - National Park Service Trail Closures

    The Lone Mountain Fire in North Cascades National Park is approximately 5 mi NW of Stehekin in the Boulder Creek drainage. Boulder Creek Trail is closed. More »

Bicycling

A bike is parked outside the Hozomeen staff housing complex. Image Credit: NPS/NOCA
A bike is parked outside the Hozomeen staff housing complex.
NPS/NOCA
 
Cycling provides an exciting, green, and scenic alternative to driving and helps preserve the air quality of the North Cascades. Bicycles are allowed in park campgrounds, so consider using one to get around during your visit.

Most cyclists use State Route 20 but other trips are possible in Stehekin, the Methow Valley, and elsewhere.

Whatever your itinerary, remember the following items for a safe and fun journey.
 
NECESSITIES
Safety Gear
The foremost piece of safety gear is a helmet. All bikes should be equipped with front and rear reflectors as well as flashing tail lights for daytime travel. For early morning, dusk, or evening travel, a headlight is a must. Clothing should be reflective and/or brightly colored to increase your visibility to motorists. A fully-equipped first-aid kit with personal identification is strongly recommended.

Bike Gear
Be prepared for cold and hot weather conditions at any time of the year. Rain gear and warm layers, including water-resistant gloves and socks, will keep your body temperature stable in case of damp conditions. Long sleeved shirts, sunscreen, and sunglasses will help protected from intense mountain sun. Remember to carry extra bike tubes, a patch kit, and a tire pump for on-road repairs.

Water
Water is the basis of all life and also the foundation of a pleasant pedaling trip. Make sure to keep hydrated and know how long it will be between fill-up areas (see map). Be gentle with areas around roadside streams if filtering water.

Food
Adequate nutrition is a must. There is only one food stop between Marblemount and Mazama. Please take more food than you may think you need. Concentrated sources of nourishment such as energy bars and drinks are easy and compact ways to keep strength sustained for the whole trip.

Did You Know?

Junior Ranger Totem: Raven

Anyone can become a North Cascades Junior Ranger! Pick up one of the four FREE activity booklets at any of the visitor or information centers. Complete the activities and earn your official junior ranger badge! Download the booklet here. More...